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Why I Teach!

This cost the kids $5,000!

This is a hard question…There are several reasons why I teach and why 1923762_202468980222_4668825_nI think it is such an important career.

I want to make a positive impact on the next generation.  I did this for years in public high schools, teaching math and coaching soccer.  Each year was fun and different, the students were new (most of them) to me and we would start our year long journey.  I enjoyed coaching soccer as well.  I have had the opportunity to coach both boys and girls and they were fun young people to be around.  I did not get into teaching to coach soccer, far from it.  I knew nothing about soccer when I first started.  Soccer coaching wasn’t who I was, it was another place that I was able to teach.

Sporting a $1,500 pink mohawk for charity

I had passion to help teenagers understand math.  I can’t tell you how many times I heard “Math is my worst subject” or “I don’t really like math” or “I have to take this class…(said with disgust and whiney)”  I also can’t tell you how many conversations that I stopped dead in their tracks when meeting someone new:

Me: Hi, I’m Scott! (jovially extends hand to shake with new person)

New person: Hi, I’m Mr. Doe (shakes hand), what do you do Scott?

Me: I teach Calculus! (in a super cheerful I cant believe I get to do this voice)This is the first time I ever went bald...

New person: I hated math, imagine that…. (walks to any other place in the room)

On the flip side – those students!  So much fun!  And getting to make a small impact on their lives?!  Forget about it!  Its the reason that I would do crazy things like, have a henna tattoo put on my head.  Or get a pink mohawk.  Or ago bald.  The point is – I loved every minute.  I didn’t know what was in Jazz Bandstore for me when I started.  I just knew that this was something that I had to do.  It was this inner need to pour into others and help them be the most brilliant people they could be.

Maybe I love the vibe that can only be found in a school – you know the one.  You can’t explain it, but its there.  Lurking around every corner.  Heard in every assembly.  On display for all during vocal and orchestral concerts.  Schools are amazing places to spend time.  And if you get to leave a positive mark, even better. Teaching gives you the opportunity to live like Peter Pan – you don’t necessarily have to grow up.  You can stay young at heart!

194030_10150105633515592_2573725_oThere have been some super fun and totally unexpected perks along the way.  Getting the opportunity to be the building teacher of the year was unexpected, but so darn humbling and totally cool.  The one time a student asked to trade Calculus tutoring for free babysitting?  We used her for the next six years until she graduated from college.  How about the player that I was able to coach for all four years of her high school career?  Made that memory too!

There is always that one student, who never really takes life seriously, and you worry about.  Like, hey this guy, I hope his pa10341506_2296275253278_1622542599975147754_nrents are loaded, hello basement.  Then he aces everything you send his way…He also rewards you with a most life like caricature.

I guess I can’t reall476338_10150766220693240_799460417_oy tell you why I teach, I have to show you.  And these did not happen overnight.  It took time and relationship building.  It took hard work and sleepless nights. I WANTED TO DO THIS! Are you kiddingme?!


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant


7 thoughts on “Why I Teach!

  1. I think you likely left the most important reason for your teaching out of this post: You are a lifelong learner and want your students to become the same, helping them to develop the skills necessary to accomplish that at a useful level. To me at least, this should be the highest priority goal for all teachers.

    I’m curious about two things related to mathematics and your career: First, have you begun to figure out what might happen when you complete your graduate degree? And, selfishly, have you considered my blog post on mathematics as I see it? If so, what’s your thinking about it.

    In myway of thinking, as we’ve communicated more and more, there are learners who will be excited to work with Dr. Haselwood … All the best as you complete your formal studies! Wish I were close enough to be able to attend your thesis defense!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by jcbjr9455 | June 29, 2015, 7:57 am
    • Wow! You have the best comments! First, I am not 100% sure which direction I will go after school. I have a couple of ideas bouncing around in my head, but we are prepared that a move could be in our future.
      I have read your blog on mathematics, but I have slept since then – I will go back and leave some comments. Your ideas are usually very thought provoking to me!


      Posted by Teaching From Here | June 29, 2015, 9:15 am
  2. I love Education. I love learning. I enjoy seeing growth in people & my surroundings. Knowing what you & I experienced as students appreciating information is a neccesity. Now as an educator I am energized & enlightened by your consistent glow when you talk about sharing your information or knowledge. If I could get past my recent negative educational experiences as a Black Educator I would try to network to share my world of experiences, but I am still sure public education doesn’t know what nor how to work with the problems it’s created for Black Male Educators to gain a foothold outside of urban school districts. People are just afraid of Black Men in the classroom! Great that your are such a “Keeper of the Educational Flame,” God chose you Scott M. Haselwood.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Malik Omar | June 29, 2015, 1:03 pm
    • Use your experiences to shine a light where there is a need! Use a positive message and set the example that others would aspire to aim for.

      Experiences both positive and negative frame us as teachers. We can harness the power of both types of experiences to fuel our passion and work to make the world a better place. I don’t pretend to know the challenges you have faced, but I do know that challenges can be overcome – even when we do not see any way around them.

      Keep your head up Malik!


      Posted by Teaching From Here | June 29, 2015, 1:49 pm
  3. I think it always comes down to the kids. We are there every day because of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by joanhagy | June 29, 2015, 4:08 pm


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